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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Coat/Jacket for my boy on: June 07, 2009 06:29:55 AM
This used to be an unfinished object at the back of my closet for months. I finally got around to finishing it! I made a measuring mistake early on, thus turning the jacket into a coat. The cuffs can be let out though, so the jacket will fit him this year as a coat and next year as a jacket. The yellow and polka-dot lining used to be a pillow case and a sheet which I scored at the local flea market for a buck (I also got the buttons there). The blue outer fabric is corduroy, which makes it perfect for a light spring/fall jacket (yes I know, it's now summer.... as I said, unfinished object...)

On to pictures:

Front of the coat. I even managed to (almost) line up the stripe that hides a seam in the corduroy (had to piece the material a bit, as I had so little of the corduroy)

Back of the coat. The kid really likes the huge hood, and so do I.

Aaaand, the lining. It's really not perfect and I cheated a lot (this was the first jacket I made), but I think it's okay over all.

The buttonholes are a bit stretched, as the buttons are pretty thick and the corduroy is stretchier than I thought. Oh, and I did use a pattern, at least initially. But then, measuring mistakes, the added hood and this and that led to winging the thing in the end.

What do you think? Spotting any mistakes I could avoid in the future?
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / bookshelf from bedframe and chair! on: March 17, 2009 12:47:16 PM
I made my first bookshelf! We needed something to put all the childrens' books into that keep amassing in our apartment. I planned this one for weeks, since I could only work on it when both the kid and the husband were out of the house (the kid doesn't like power tools and the husband doesn't like home improvement).

We had this old IKEA bedframe sitting in our attic. Really cheap, soft wood, on the heavy side but useless. We also had a broken chair that I wasn't comfortable fixing (sitting on something that I know is held together with screws and glue makes me nervous - I'd rather not know how my chairs are kept together).

So I combined these two and voila: New shelf! Onto the pictures:

Before: You can see the chair in two pieces and the wood already sawed into pieces (hence the crummy edges - I'm really no hero with a jigsaw). The stuff is lying on the kid's dirty paint/craft mat.

This is after, with all the books, the box with the musical instruments and the drawing materials already put into it:

And another shot of the whole reading nook with bookshelf, great fleamarket-find lamp (I made the lampshade!) and comfy chair:

Before, we had to get up from the chair in order to select books to look at. Now, we really enjoy picking out books from the chair and then reading them one after the other.

Next step is painting it. White with blue dots, maybe?

Comments appreciated.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Recycled raglan shirts from free pattern! (suitable for boys) on: February 12, 2009 02:01:25 AM
I came across a no-frill, easy-sew free user created pattern on BurdaStyle: http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/3621 I consider myself a beginner, and these were the first sleeves I ever attached. The pattern is really simple and the instructions are good to follow.

It had raglan-style sleeves, so I used contrasting fabric for them. I took old shirts of mine that didn't fit anymore and recycled them for my two-year old. Great for the economy, great for my purse. One adult long-sleeve shirt yields about one body and one pair of sleeves for the kid's shirt.

Here are some pics:

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / How do I sand this type of chair? on: February 01, 2009 05:56:53 AM
I've got a chair much like these below, only varnished dark brown - how on earth would I sand it? By hand with a piece of sanding paper? I have a Dremel tool, could I use that or would that be unsuitable? If I sand it by hand, it's going to take *ages* to finish, especially the part on the back of the chair...

Please help!!

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / "magnetic" paint on structured wallpaper? on: January 15, 2009 09:40:30 AM
I have structured wallpaper throughout my apartment, and although I'm allowed to paint, I won't be able to remove the paper. Do you think it's possible to paint one of the walls with the iron-particled paint that will make magnets stick to it, or would the little bumps in the wallpaper prevent the magnets from sticking properly to the wall, iron particles or not?

I don't want to waste the money for the paint, so if any of you have experience with 'magnetic' paint and uneven walls, please tell me about it Smiley Thanks!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / fire engine daycare bag on: September 19, 2008 12:38:19 PM
My son recently started daycare and needed a bag for his lunch. Since he's into fire engines, I made him a red firetruck bag. I embroidered the fire engine and I even made the shoulder strap adjustible, so he can still use it when he grows. It's fully lined with funny blue cotton. Here are pictures:

He likes it a lot and so do I!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ant hat! on: August 07, 2008 12:11:16 AM
I was totally inspired by the ant hat here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=261042.0, so I set out to make my own. I can't crochet, so I figured I'd construct one from old T-Shirts. I used this tutorial for the basic hat shape: http://cristophine.deviantart.com/art/Aviator-Cap-Tutorial-84150949

I really love it! Especially when I think how much I cursed the darn thing while making it. I think I had to undo more than half of the seams. Stretchy fabric is also really horrible to sew... bah.

Here's a picture:

Now for the antlers. I wanted to cover the pipe cleaners with fabric, but I'm afraid it would make them floppy. I haven't made a lining for the hat yet; maybe sewing them really tight to the lining would make them stand up better?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Hawaiian Shirt Day into cute summer pants! on: July 05, 2008 12:19:44 PM
Fleamarket-time is glorious time, I tell you. I found this huge "Casual Friday" thing that was given me for almost nothing. Since I shrunk one of the kid's pants in the wash today  Roll Eyes , he had to have another one.

The project went from an L-sized Hawaiian shirt:

to very easy (thanks again Petchy for the wonderful ten-minute-pants-tutorial!), very nice summer pants for my little boy:

The buttons still open!  Grin I love the thing, it's cotton and very cool on the skin. Perfect for summer. I know it's a bit wonky in places, but I'm still a sewing beginner...
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / the 10-minute-pants for boys (first garment sewing project) on: June 28, 2008 12:36:49 PM
I used the fabulous tutorial I found on this board by Petchy: http://madebypetchy.blogspot.com/2008/06/tutorial-10-minute-trousers.html and made my son some easy drawstring pants. Please bear in mind that this is my very first attempt at garment sewing. I like the bias tape on the pant legs, it moves the eye away from the crooked seams *g*

I block printed the cotton fabric before I used it for the pants. I'll leave the alignment of the pattern to more experienced sewing people Smiley


The lighting is rather horrible, I'll probably replace the pic with a better one once it's light again. The fabric color is grey, actually.

If you have suggestions for improvements, I'm always happy to listen Smiley

edit: action shot! Smiley

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / pudding lamp on: May 15, 2008 04:01:14 AM
I saw this idea somewhere online and thought "I can do this!". It's made out of the little plastic containers of a fruit yoghurt brand named "Fruchtzwerge" (the Germans on here will know...). The eating was the hardest part, the stuff is sickly sweet and especially the banana-flavored kind is making me ill. But I made my way through all 70 pieces (!).

After that it was a piece of cake (or yoghurt, in this case Smiley). I just stringed the containers together with little metal rings, put them on a lampshade ring and ... done! (The plastic won't melt because we're using it with a low-heat, energy-saving bulb and the radius of the thing is wide enough)

On to the pictures:

The whole thing:

Close-Up of the little containers:

Hope you enjoy!
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